Kiel to Cowes

This time I’m off on a sailing adventure with my Uncle, he’s bought a Sweden 34 in Sweden, I am joining him and his friend, for the final hop of the delivery home from the Kiel Canal to Cowes, Isle of Wight. It is a brave move leaving my own sailing school for a week […]

Ocean Logging

“We need to go ocean logging” announced the Tree Fella… “Ocean logging?” I ask, this was a new term to me. “Yes, there’s a log on a beach, it could make great planks….” A few days later the perfect opportunity presented itself, a flat calm, sunny day, a day starting to show the first real […]

Cabin Boy and the Old Gaffers

This weekend (back in June last year) has been engraved in the calendar since the previous summer. The Old Gaffer is determined the not so old gaffer will sail to the Old Gaffers Association trad boats and trad tunes festival across the water.  The Old Gaffer himself is an accomplished fiddle player and this weekend […]

Night in the forest

As a result of the Yachtmaster Ocean adventure I found myself at a rather extreme job interview for a sailing round the world opportunity of a lifetime.   I’d made it to the second interview stage, which turned out to be a team building weekend, from which my legs are just about recovering. So while […]

Lady Captain and the Old Gaffer

“Lady captain, lady captain” came the cry from below the harbour wall “You made it back safely.” The pieces began to fall into place when my very able and dapper looking crewman reminded me of the day’s events. I’d been tasked to take “Daddys yacht” out in a Parade of Sail that afternoon. By Daddy’s […]